2016 SHAKE THE LAKE by Kempinski International Music Festival
A night of rip-roaring fun took place on Friday 16 September 2016, under the bright moon of Mid-autumn Festival, at the Yanqi Hotel, managed by Kempinski, which presented a dinner-dance extravaganza, featuring pulsating boogie woogie, swing and jazz music themed to the swinging Beijing of the 1930s era. World outstanding musicians, artists and celebrities attended the event: international super model Ms. Ma Yanli, outstanding music critic Ms.Chun Xiao, CCTV9 broadcaster Ms. Liang Hong and Ms. Cheng Zhuo, Artist, Chairperson of Cheng Siwei Fund, Founder of Torch of Love Fund.
The night of Shake the Lake featured the original line-up and orchestration of the unique International Boogie Music Festival from Austria. It has brought a highly acclaimed ensemble of charismatic and outstanding musicians who have performed around the world at prestigious festivals
It was a feast for 380 music lovers who attended the gala dinner and the following performance. First time in Beijing, 7 outstanding international musicians performed on stage, tinkling the keys of the two Feurich grand pianos: Richie Loidl and Johnny Schütten, both proponents and creators of the authentic Shake the Lake festival in Austria. They presented their Austrian piano-friend Christoph “Boogie Wolf” Steinbach, a very ingenious pianist and singer, being said to play faster than his shadow. Headline star of the concert was Martin Schmitt from Munich, Germany, who is considered to be one of the most multitalented piano entertainers in Europe. “The voice” was represented by Nicolle Rochelle from the U.S. (now resident in Paris, France), a versatile, charismatic and internationally successful musical star and dancer. Austrians Franz Trattner on drums and Peter Strutzenberger on double bass supported the show as the groovy rhythm section. Following Friday night’s gala event, the hotel also invited the artists to perform at the Jazz & Boogie Brunch at Waterside on Yanqi Island, on 17 September 2016.
Dressed in the 1930s dress code of glamour and sophistication，guests have enjoyed the feast with the superb gourmet brunch and the authentic live music while overlooking the beautiful Yanqi Lake.
The success of the first Swing & Boogie Music Night SHAKE THE LAKE International Music Festival is definitely a memorable occasion for friends and family to celebrate the traditional Chinese festival in such a wonderful place. We are consistently trying to create new event on Yanqi Island and many more are already in the planning. “Looking forward to getting together here again for the next year! ”said Brice Péan, General Manager of Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing & Yanqi Island.
SHAKE THE LAKE International Music Festival is a traditional concert from Austria dating back to 1995, which features pulsating live boogie-woogie, swing and jazz music. It is “much more than a concert” and certainly the most authentic and one of the largest European boogie festivals. The best musicians in the genre from all over the world have been invited to perform there.
Life is shaking - and water is the origin of life. The lake Wolfgang as the original place of the music festival is known as the "source of happiness", from which life-energy comes. Since 1995 it is the home of the Shake the Lake-spirit. "The Lake" is therefore the motto of the next festival and the focus is on special "lakeside sessions”. While the beautiful scenic site, the Yanqi Lake, located at the foot of Yanshan Mountains, eight kilometres north of Huairou County is a perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The Philosophy of Shake The Lake, Yanqi Hotel, managed by Kempinski makes the good times roll and keep shaking here at the Yanqi lake.
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